Chances are, you have a list of places you want to see when traveling to Las Vegas, such as the top casinos, big acts, popular restaurants, and some of the best shopping malls in the country. Yet, there is a whole other list of attractions you should consider visiting, including some hidden gems along the Strip and surrounding areas that many locals haven’t discovered.
Here are our top secret destinations you must experience on your next visit. This list has something for everyone, even the most hard to please visitors.
This brings out the kid in all of us. Here you will find over 10,000 square feet of vintage pinball machines. Don’t forget to bring a few rolls of quarters and indulge in your inner childhood. You will discover pinball machines from the 1950’s to newer 1990 models.
Imagine if you will, a “to-die-for” pizza that is described as one of the best along the Strip, hidden away from the crowds on the third floor of the Cosmopolitan. This 24 hour eatery is completely off the radar and if you didn’t know what you were looking for, you would never find it. Ask just about anyone, and chances are, they have never heard of it. Perhaps no one wants the secret to leak because it’s cheap, delicious and located in an unmarked corridor. In fact, this pizza joint doesn’t even have a name, but it’s worth finding.
Just when you thought you saw everything in Las Vegas, you discover the Zombie Apocalypse Store. Situated near Chinatown in Las Vegas, this is where you can discover, well, everything you need to know about being a zombie. Shoppers will find machetes, Zombie Hammer “Brain Saw,” or simple t-shirts with a “Hello Zombie” imprinted. Be prepared as this store is not for the weak of heart, but you will enjoy it any way.
No doubt, at one time Las Vegas and the Mob were often used in the same sentence since it’s no secret they had a well documented partnership. The Mob Museum reveals what really happened during the mob’s heyday in Las Vegas. Here, you will discover the myths and the true history of organized crime in the United States. It’s a fascinating tour that includes artifacts such as the barber chair Albert Anastasia (Murder, Inc. boss) was sitting in when he was murdered.
When you finish, hop next door to the Mob Bar, a prohibition style bar reminiscent of a 1920’s supper club. You won’t find ordinary cocktails here, as drinks have been developed by renowned mixologists. It would be difficult to find a more unique drinking experience in downtown Las Vegas.
Craving an authentic rum drink? In what has been described humbly by Frankie’s website as “foremost tiki bar designer in all of the world,” here you will find a Polynesian influenced decor with hand-carved seating by renowned artists, idols, artwork and a variety of odds and ends that make this a truly one of a kind drinking venue. Located in downtown Las Vegas, you can order from a selection of traditional cocktails and exotic rum drinks 24 hours a day.
If a casual walk in fresh, smoke free air is needed after a long night in the casinos, be sure and visit the Springs Preserve, a welcome escape from the crazy Las Vegas party scene. Here you will discover botanical gardens, peaceful paths, and hiking along lush landscaping. You will also find nature exhibits, live animal shows and interactive science exhibits. A wonderful cafe is located on the grounds as well.
Las Vegas is full of surprises, but none more than these unique, interesting and often secluded getaways. While the Strip is a terrific source of unparalleled entertainment, the goal of any traveler should be to seek out the unusual. With the above interesting and unforgettable attractions, chances are your trip will offer some discoveries you never know existed.
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